3 States, D.C. Plan Joint Bay Effort
Leaders of Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the District signed an agreement yesterday to stop some Chesapeake Bay pollution at its source, particularly pollutants that come from manure.
Officials said their states will work on a regional education plan to encourage farmers to adjust animals' feed so they produce less phosphorus and other pollutants.
The officials plan to lobby Congress for changes to the federal farm legislation so that farmers would be required to adopt feed and waste management practices that minimize the chances of pollutants ending up in the water.
Man Who Leapt From Building Identified
The naked man who jumped to his death from a downtown office building last week has been identified as Bryan L. Dry, 26, of Hyattsville, according to authorities.
About noon Nov. 22, Dry double-parked a Jeep in the 1000 block of 15th Street NW, darted out and ran into a building. He raced to the eighth floor and jumped out a window, authorities said.
The death was ruled a suicide, according to the D.C. medical examiner's office.
Dry's family said he was a former shoe salesman who had been taking classes at Strayer University, near where he died. The day before the incident, Dry had visited his 5-year-old son and the boy's mother, and he made plans to join them for Thanksgiving dinner.
Nominee to Run Jail Vows Accountability
The nominee to head the District's Corrections Department said yesterday that he would emphasize training and accountability in turning around the troubled agency.
Devon Brown told the D.C. Council's Judiciary Committee that he has a record of wisely using resources and emphasizing prisoner rehabilitation. Brown has been the corrections commissioner in New Jersey since 2002 and held a similar post in Montgomery County from 1993 until 1998. Brown also served as interim head of the District's system from November 1998 until March 1999.
The District's jail is overcrowded, and critics say its educational and medical services are inadequate. There have also been allegations of abuse, violence and mistreatment, including in the case of Jonathan Magbie, a quadriplegic inmate who died in September 2004 after suffering breathing problems at the jail.
Refusing to Pledge Is Legal, Schools Told
The American Civil Liberties Union has written to all school superintendents in Maryland to say that refusing to pledge allegiance to the flag is perfectly legal.
The ACLU of Maryland has heard from at least four students in three school systems -- Baltimore County, Prince George's County and St. Mary's County -- within the past year who have been scolded by teachers for refusing to say the pledge or refusing to stand during it, ACLU attorney Richard Griffiths said.
State law requires classrooms to have a flag and provide the opportunity for "patriotic exercise," Griffiths said. But the same law excuses students and teachers from participating if they choose.
Three Named to Montgomery Circuit Court
Montgomery County Circuit Court will soon have three new faces on the bench.
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) yesterday appointed District Judges Michael J. Algeo and Thomas L. Craven and attorney Ronald B. Rubin to fill three judgeships.
Algeo became a District judge in 1999 after spending nearly a decade as a county prosecutor. Craven has been on the bench since 1994. Rubin is a shareholder with Rubin & Rubin, Chartered. He has worked on civil, tax, criminal and securities litigation.
Ill Driver Hits Pregnant Woman, Building
A man who apparently passed out while driving in Rockville yesterday struck and seriously injured a pregnant woman before ramming into a building, police said.
The driver, whom police did not identify, was in a Ford Ranger pickup heading west on West Edmonston Drive shortly after 1:30 p.m. Just after he told a female passenger that he was not feeling well, he slumped over the wheel. The pickup raced through a red light onto Rockville Pike, where it hit another vehicle, causing it to spin nearly 180 degrees. The driver of the pickup accelerated back toward West Edmonston, ran over a sidewalk and hit the woman before crashing into the Tenley Building, at 50 West Edmonston Dr.
The pregnant woman, the driver of the pickup and another man who was injured when he jumped away from the approaching car were taken to the hospital. The crash's cause is still being investigated.
Deeds Files for Attorney General Recount
Democratic Sen. R. Creigh Deeds filed a petition in Richmond yesterday for a statewide recount of almost 2 million votes cast in the race for attorney general.
The petition in Richmond Circuit Court came one day after state election officials certified Republican Del. Robert F. McDonnell as the winner with 323 more votes than Deeds. Under Virginia law, the state pays for a court-supervised recount when the margin of victory is less than one-half of one percent. In this case, McDonnell was declared victor with a margin of 0.017 of one percent.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 6 before Theodore J. Markow, the chief Circuit Court judge in Richmond. The state Supreme Court still has to appoint two other judges to join Markow in supervising the recount. Each party will appoint representatives to recount teams in every county and locality in the state, and the bipartisan teams will do the actual recount.
Woman Dies After Taxi Rolls Over Her
An 82-year-old Manassas woman died Saturday afternoon at her home after the taxi she was getting out of rolled backward and ran her over, Prince William County police said yesterday.
Marie L. Holman of the 8700 block of Songer Lane had been grocery shopping and was being dropped off by her taxi at 1:30 p.m., said John Bogert, a police spokesman. The driver got out to carry packages into her home, and as Holman got out, the vehicle inexplicably rolled backward, Bogert said. Holman was taken to a hospital, where she died that night during surgery.
The taxi was operated by Manassas Cab, Bogert said.
"I don't know what they want jurors for if the jury votes for death and they give him life in prison."
-- Mary Dicks, mother of murder victim Clayton Dicks, responding to clemency granted to convicted murderer Robin M. Lovitt. -- A1
Compiled from reports by staff writers Petula Dvorak, Eric M. Weiss, Joshua Partlow, Ernesto Londono, Carol Morello and Ian Shapira and the Associated Press.